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CHAT Actor Anumol talks about the roles she has essayed so far


It was not too long ago that Anumol sashayed across the screen to the tune of ‘Ande Londe…’ as the subtly coquettish Thankamani, the long-suffering wife of poet P. Kunjiraman Nair, in the Malayalam biopic Ivan Megharoopan , directed by P. Balachandran. Since then, Anumol has managed to make her presence felt in the Malayalam film industry. Now, Anumol is set to captivate audiences once again as the seductress Ragini in Akam , director Shalini Usha Nair’s adaptation of Malayalam litterateur Mayalatoor Ramakrishnan’s landmark novel Yakshi , which released recently.

“I think myself as fortunate that I had started off my career in Mollywood with Thankamani, Ragini and Gauri,” says Anumol. “It’s very rare that an actor gets to test her histrionic skills with roles as powerful and prominent, as author-backed and as varied as the three. And that too at such an early stage in her career,” she says. Over the phone, she talks about the experience of “living” the three roles, even drawing parallels to her own upbringing.

At home in the village

“I’m a village belle at heart, completely at home amid the greenery, the three temples that are the focal point of life at Naduvattam in Palakkad district, the village pond that is the scene of many a childhood adventure, the local vayanashala (library)… I was excited to act in Ivan Megharoopan because it was a story set in my part of the world and featuring my people – P. Kunhiraman maash (colloquial term for master) taught at Pattambi college. Honestly, I signed up for the film so that I could wear the mundu-neriyathu, a dress typically worn by older women here! As for Akam , I am one of those who really believes in myths and legends — the kind who actually think that Gandharvas and Yakshis might just come for a visit. Also, I had read Malayatoor’s Yakshi , borrowed from the library, and was intrigued by heroine Ragini’s power,” says the actor, who is an accomplished Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer.





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